Participants & profiles in CourseSpaces

The Participants tool is found under the Course menu block on your CourseSpaces course homepage. From this tool you can edit the personal information you share with other CourseSpaces participants, modify your CourseSpaces settings, upload a picture of yourself, and send private messages to any of the participants in your course.

DO NOT change any field marked with an asterisk (such as Email address) when editing your profile. These CourseSpaces profile settings are based on NetLink IDs, and these are not administered or updated within CourseSpaces.

View Your CourseSpaces Profile

  • In the Course Menu block, click on Participants and then on Your Name.
  • To view your current profile information, click on the Full profile link.
  • To update your profile information, click on the Edit profile tab.

Editing Your CourseSpaces Profile

After you have logged into your CourseSpaces course, there are two Profile settings we recommend you check before you begin working on your course:

  1. Indicate whether or not you wish to be automatically subscribed via e-mail to Forums.
    (Meaning that you can choose whether or not you want to automatically receive e-mail copies of postings made to Forums in which you are participating.)
  2. Indicate whether or not you want CourseSpaces to highlight new and unread posts in the Forums for you.
    (Meaning that you will be able to quickly and easily recognize which posts you have not yet opened/read.)

To adjust these settings:

  • In the Course Menu block, click on Participants.
  • Click on your name to open your profile.
  • Click on the Edit profile tab.
  • To subscribe to forums you post to (meaning that you will receive notifications of postings in your e-mail), in the Forum auto-subscribe drop-down menu, select “Yes, when I post, subscribe me to that forum.”
  • To highlight new, unread posts in the Forums (so you can easily recognize which posts you have not read yet), in the Forum tracking drop-down menu, select “Yes: highlight new posts for me.”

    Edit Profile Settings

  • To save your preferences, click the Update profile button at the bottom of the Edit Profile window.

Add a Photo to Your CourseSpaces Profile

Upload a picture of yourself (optional). This picture will appear next to your username in the discussion forums, etc. To do this:

  1. Make sure you have a digital picture of yourself (.jpg or .gif) saved on your computer.
    (Photos should be small in dimension - CourseSpaces will resize your image to 100 x 100 pixels)
  2. Click on the Edit Profile tab and scroll down to the User picture section.

    CourseSpaces Profile Picture
  3. Click Choose a file... to open the File picker window.
  4. Click Upload a file and then Browse.
  5. Locate the image file on your computer. Select it and click Open.
  6. Click Upload this file.
  7. To save your preferences, click the Update profile button at the bottom of the Edit Profile window.

Send a Private Message

To send Messages to your instructor or to any of your fellow students:

  • In the Course Menu block, click on Participants.
  • Click on the name of the person to whom you wish to send a message.
  • Click on the Send message button.
  • Type your message in the message box provided.
  • Click on the Preview button, and then on the Send message button.
    Your message will appear to the recipient either as a pop-up when they enter their CourseSpaces course, or will be sent to them as an e-mail, depending on how they have set their own Profile preferences.

 

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